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    Which Variant of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

    by Lakshya Khanna on Wednesday, Jul 22 2020

    Read on to find out which variant of the new 2020 Honda City 5th gen petrol offers the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the City 5th gen's petrol variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (#VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Honda City 5th Gen with its competitors and other petrol C-segment sedans.

    2020 Honda City Petrol Most #VFM Variant

    What Are The Pros And Cons Of Honda City 5th Gen Petrol?

    The pros or advantages of City 5th Gen petrol 2020 are:

    • Biggest (longest and widest) car in the segment - long enough to be called a D-segment sedan
    • 3 engine transmission combinations to choose from: petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual
    • Most powerful petrol engine with second-best power-to-weight ratio (the 4th gen City is still on sale and it’s number 1)
    • Improved torque delivery - now comes 300rpm sooner than before. It also gets a 6-speed transmission now.
    • Well-equipped base variant should suffice for most sedan buyers as it can compete with the top variants its rivals
    • Good number of standard safety features (ESP, TC, HSA, 4 airbags, ABS)

    The Honda City 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

    • Most expensive car in the class - starts at well over Rs. 10 lakh (ex-showroom)
    • Worst torque to weight ratio of 125Nm/tonne is on par with the Yaris and Verna 1.5
    • 185-section tyres are too narrow for a car of this size and price. Even the Baleno has wider tyres.
    • Automatic variants cost Rs. 1.3 lakh more and are a little expensive

    Read more about the detailed price, dimensions and engine specs comparison of the new Honda City with the old model at the following link:

    Read - 2019 Honda City 4th Gen Vs 5th Gen Honda City 2020 - Old Vs New - What's Different?

    Here’s our 2020 Honda City Variant Breakdown video in Hindi if you prefer watching instead of reading:

    What Is The Price Of New Honda City 2020?

    The new Honda City is available in 3 variants - V, VX and ZX. All three variants get petrol manual, petrol automatic and diesel manual transmission options.

    The petrol manual variants cost between Rs. 10.9 lakh and Rs. 13.14 lakh. The petrol automatic costs another Rs. 1.3 lakh. It starts at Rs. 12.2 lakh and goes up to Rs. 14.45 lakh. The diesel engine models of the Honda City 2020 cost Rs. 1.5 lakh more than comparable petrol manual variants.

    Also read - 2020 Honda City vs Hyundai Creta - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    NEW HONDA CITY PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | JUL 2020

    Variant

    Petrol-MT

    Petrol-CVT

    Diesel-MT

    V

    ₹10,89,900

    ₹12,19,900

    ₹12,39,900

    VX

    ₹12,25,900

    ₹13,55,900

    ₹13,75,900

    ZX

    ₹13,14,900

    ₹14,44,900

    ₹14,64,900

    Compared to the older Honda City model, the new City petrol prices are Rs. 14,000 to Rs. 44,000 higher.

    Is The V Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Worth Buying?

    The base V variant of the 5th gen Honda City costs Rs. 10.9 lakh with manual transmission and Rs. 12.2 lakh with the CVT automatic. The notable standard features of the 2020 City are:

    • 2 front and 2 front side airbags
    • ABS
    • Parking sensors
    • Traction control
    • Hill-start assist
    • Electronic stability control
    • Day/night inside mirror
    • Rear defogger
    • Halogen projector headlamps
    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • 3-point seatbelts for all occupants
    • Fog lamps
    • 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
    • Steering-mounted controls
    • Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs
    • Height Adjustable Driver Seat
    • Tilt & Telescopic Steering
    • Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents
    • Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop
    • Front Armrest w/ Storage
    • LED DRLs
    • Rear Armrest
    • Cruise Control
    • R15 Alloy Wheels
    • Telematics (5-year subscription)
    • Paddle Shifters (CVT)
    • Fixed Rear Headrests
    • Fabric Upholstery
    • Remote Functions w/ Alexa Voice Assistant
    • LED Tail Lamps

    Also read - New Honda City 2020 vs C-Segment Competition - Price, Specs, Mileage, Dimensions Comparison

    HONDA CITY V PETROL | FEATURES

    ₹10,89,900 (MT) | ₹12,19,900 (AT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Side Airbags

    Hill Start Assist

    Electronic Stability Control

    8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

    Traction Control

    Rear Parking Camera

    Defogger

    Android Auto, Apple CarPlay & Weblink

    Halogen Projector Headlamps

    Day/Night IRVM

    Auto Door Lock & Unlock

    AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, MP3, iPod, iPhone

    Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (basic)

    Front Seatbelt Pretensioners w/ Load Limiter

    3-point Seatbelt for Rear Middle Seat

    Steering-mounted Audio Controls

    ISOFIX

    Fog Lamps

    Std. Safety Features

    4 Speakers


    As you can see, this is a very long list of features for a base variant. It clearly doesn’t look like a base variant and has enough to hang with the top variants of its rivals, which cost about the same. This is a great option and worth buying even if you were previously not interested in the Honda City. This is a great value offering too.

    Now, let’s see if the higher variants justify their incremental asking price.

    HONDA CITY PETROL V | FEATURES

    ₹10,89,900 (MT) | ₹12,19,900 (AT) | Ex-showroom Delhi

    Functional

    Style

    Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

    Body-coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

    Tilt & Telescopic Steering

    Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents

    Body Coloured Bumpers & Door Handles

    Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

    Front Armrest w/ Storage

    LED DRLs

    Rear Armrest

    Cruise Control

    R15 Alloy Wheels

    Telematics (5-year subscription)

    Front & Rear Door Pockets

    Shark Fin Antenna

    Paddle Shifters (CVT)

    Fixed Rear Headrests

    Fabric Upholstery

    Follow-me-home Headlamps

    2 USB Ports

    Chrome Inserts In Cabin

    Remote Functions w/ Alexa Voice Assistant

    3 Power Sockets

    LED Tail Lamps


    Is The VX Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Worth Buying?

    The VX variant of the new Honda City costs Rs. 12.26 lakh with manual transmission and Rs. 13.76 lakh with the automatic. It’s Rs. 1.36 lakh more expensive than the V variant. For this additional sum, you get the following notable features:

    • 2 Curtain Airbags
    • Auto Headlamps
    • Electric Sunroof
    • 7-inch full-colour instrument console
    • Auto-dimming IRVM
    • 4 Speakers
    • R16 Alloy Wheels
    • Walk-away Auto-Lock
    • Rear Reading Lamps
    • Leather-wrapped steering and gear knob

    This variant comes very close to justifying its asking price. Also, most of its features are good-to-have and may have a higher emotional value for some buyers. But, value-wise, this is the worst offering. It’s still worth considering if you want some of these features in your car.

    Also Read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Volkswagen Vento - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    CITY VX PETROL | FEATURES OVER V

    ₹12,25,900 (MT) | ₹₹13,55,900 (AT) - Ex-showroom Delhi

    Safety,  Entertainment & Functional

    Style

    Curtain Airbags

    Auto Headlamps

    Sunroof

    Detailed Digital MID

    Auto-dimming IRVM

    4 Speakers

    R16 Alloy Wheels

    Piano Black Surround Around Audio System

    Walk-away Lock

    Rear Reading Lamps

    Leather-wrapped Steering

    Leather-wrapped Gear Knob

    Is The ZX Variant Of 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Worth Buying?

    The Honda City ZX petrol costs Rs. 13.15 lakh (manual transmission) and Rs. 14.45 lakh (automatic). It’s about Rs. 90,000 more expensive than VX petrol. It gets the following additional features:

    • LED array Headlamps
    • LED cabin lights
    • LED Turn Indicators
    • Lane Watch Camera
    • Remote Open/Close Power Windows & Sunroof
    • LED Fog Lamps
    • Ambient Lighting
    • Rear Windshield Curtain
    • Leather Upholstery
    • Soft-touch Interior Elements

    The top variant too mostly adds good-to-have features with high emotional value. This variant also doesn’t quite justify spending the additional sum. Since it has a higher ratio of functional features, this is a better option to consider than the VX variant. From a value perspective, though, the ZX variant is not worth buying.

    Also read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Skoda Rapid - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    CITY ZX PETROL | FEATURES OVER VX

    ₹13,14,900 (MT) | ₹₹14,44,900 (AT) - Ex-showroom Delhi

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    LED Headlamps

    LED Cabin Lights

    LED Turn Indicators

    Lane Watch Camera

    Remote Open/Close Power Windows & Sunroof

    Glossy Dark Wood Finish on Instrument Panel

    LED Fog Lamps

    Auto Folding ORVMs

    Ambient Lighting

     

    Rear Windshield Curtain

    Leather Upholstery

       

    Chrome Door Handles

       

    Soft-touch Interior Elements

    Which Variant Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol Offers The Most Value For Money?

    Let’s recap. The V variant of the new Honda City is so well equipped that it’ll suffice for most buyers. In fact, it may even meet the needs of buyers who are otherwise considering the higher variants of sedans like older City, Rapid, Vento or Ciaz. The V variant of the new City 2020 is the most value for money variant of the 5th gen Honda City 2020.

    The VX variant is not worth upgrading from a value perspective. But, this variant is not too expensive either for the additional features and is worth considering. Most of its features are good-to-have and style-oriented. So, we’d recommend that you instead jump to the ZX variant and go all in. The ZX variant also has some functional features, which most buyers will appreciate.

    NEW HONDA CITY | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Recommendation

    V

    Rank 1

    Most value for money variant. Top recommended.

    VX

    Rank 3

    Gets mostly style and good-to-have features with high emotional/perceived value. Worth considering.

    ZX

    Rank 2

    An expensive upgrade but it’s also worth considering due to high perceived value.


    What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen Petrol?

    The 5th gen Honda City has the same 1.5-litre normal petrol engine, which makes 121PS power and 145Nm of torque. This is the most powerful engine but it makes that power at a very high 6600rpm. Enthusiasts will enjoy revving this engine but for everyday driving, it can’t match the bottom end torque output of a turbo petrol engine like that of Verna, Vento and Rapid. However, for a normal petrol engine, it has the best torque output. More importantly, its torque now comes 300rpm sooner, which should further improve the everyday drivability. Its torque to weight ratio is among the worst at about 125Nm/tonne - on par with the Yaris and Verna 1.5 and worse than the Ciaz.

    The new City petrol also gets a 6-speed manual transmission now, which can help improve the fuel efficiency on the highways.

    The new City petrol has an acceptable mileage of 17.8kmpl with the manual and 18.4kmpl with the automatic. These numbers are 0.4kmpl better than the older 4th gen City.

    Also read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Toyota Yaris - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    NEW CITY vs COMPETITION

    PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    City (New)

    City (Old)

    Verna

    Ciaz

    Rapid

    Vento

    Yaris

    Displacement

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.5-litre

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    4

    3

    4

    3

    3

    4

    Engine

    Normal

    Normal

    Normal

    Turbo

    Hybrid

    Turbo

    Turbo

    Normal

    Maximum Power

    121PS @ 6600rpm

    119PS @ 6600rpm

    115PS@

    6300rpm

    120PS@

    6000rpm

    105PS@

    6000rpm

    110PS @ 5000rpm

    110PS @ 5000rpm

    107PS @ 6000rpm

    Peak Torque

    145Nm @ 4300rpm

    145Nm @ 4600rpm

    144Nm @ 4500rpm

    172Nm @

    1500 - 4000rpm

    138Nm @ 4400rpm

    175Nm @ 1750 - 4000rpm

    175Nm @ 1750 - 4000rpm

    140Nm @ 4200rpm

    Power:Weight

    104.94PS/t

    109.07PS/t

    99.91PS/t

    100.42PS/t

    99.06PS/t

    96.66PS/t

    96.66PS/t

    95.96PS/t

    Torque:Weight

    125.76Nm/t

    132.91Nm/t

    125.11Nm/t

    143.93Nm/t

    130.19Nm/t

    153.78Nm/t

    153.78Nm/t

    125.56Nm/t

    MT

    6-speed

    5-speed

    6-speed

    --

    5-speed

    6-speed

    6-speed

    6-speed

    Manual FE

    17.8kmpl

    17.4kmpl

    17.4kmpl

    --

    20.65kmpl

    18.97kmpl

    17.69kmpl

    17.10kmpl

    AT 

    CVT

    CVT

    CVT

    7DCT

    4AT

    6AT

    6AT

    CVT

    Automatic FE

    18.4kmpl

    18kmpl

    18.45kmpl

    19.2kmpl

    20.04kmpl

    NA

    NA

    17.80kmpl

     

    What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen?

    The new City has acceptable performance and doesn’t impress with its petrol engine. But it has seriously impressive dimensions. It’s the longest and the widest car among its peers. In fact, it’s so long that it qualifies to be a D-segment sedan in our books as its longer than 4500mm. It’s actually longer than some of the older generations of D-segment sedans like Elantra fluidic, older Corolla Altis and Civic.

    The 506-litre boot space is almost at the top of the list and its ground clearance is also acceptable at 165mm.

    Where it leaves us wanting is with tyre size. It’s seriously under-tyred as even smaller cars like the Baleno get 195-section tyres. Thankfully, this is something that’s easy to upgrade and you can easily swap out 1 or even 2 sizes wider rubber for a better stance and grip.

    Also Read - 2020 Honda City 5th Gen vs Hyundai Verna - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    NEW CITY 2020 vs COMPETITION

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Honda City (New)

    Honda City (Old)

    Hyundai Verna

    Maruti Ciaz

    Skoda Rapid

    Volkswagen Vento

    Toyota Yaris

    Length

    4549mm

    4440mm

    4440mm

    4490mm

    4413mm

    4390mm

    4425mm

    Width

    1748mm

    1695mm

    1729mm

    1730mm

    1699mm

    1699mm

    1730mm

    Height

    1489mm

    1495mm

    1475mm

    1485mm

    1466mm

    1467mm

    1495mm

    Wheelbase

    2600mm

    2600mm

    2600mm

    2650mm

    2552mm

    2553mm

    2550mm

    Boot Space

    506-lt

    510-lt

    465-lt

    510-lt

    460-lt

    494-lt

    476-lt

    Ground Clearance

    165*

    165 mm

    165 mm

    170 mm

    168 mm

    163 mm

    175 mm

    Fuel Tank

    40-lt

    40-lt

    45-lt

    43-lt

    55-lt

    55-lt

    42-lt

    Tyre Size (Min)

    185/60 R15

    175/65 R15

    185/65 R15

    185/65 R15 

    185/60 R15

    175/70 R14

    185/60 R15

    Tyre Size (Max)

    185/55 R16

    185/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    185/65 R15

    *unofficial

    What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Honda City 5th Gen?

    The 2020 City 5th Gen is available in the following 5 colour options:

    • Red
    • Silver
    • White
    • Grey
    • Brown

    Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

    CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

    SEGMENT

    SUB-SEGMENT

    LENGTH

    EXAMPLE

    A Segment

    A

    < 3699mm

    Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio

           

    B Segment

    B1

    3700-3850mm

    Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid

    B2

    3850-3999mm

    Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

           

    C Segment

    C

    4000-4499mm

    Ciaz, New City (exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

           

    D Segment

    D

    4500-4750mm

    City, Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

           

    D+ Segment

    D+

    4750+mm

    Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team. 

    Twitter handle: @lakshya_khanna

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